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  • The Notorious B.I.G. continues to inspire art in Brooklyn

    The Notorious B.I.G. continues to inspire art in Brooklyn


    Tuesday would have marked the 52nd birthday of Bed-Stuy native Christopher Wallace, or as most people know him, The Notorious B.I.G.
    Even 27 years after he was killed, the rapper continues to be a larger-than-life figure in Brooklyn. Local artists like Mastro excitedly told News 12 "Biggie Smalls is the illest, he's timeless!" and Bushwick's Danny Cortes explains that "to this day, you could drop a Biggie single and it's going to be No. 1. He was always ahead of his...
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  • 10 Memorable Biggie Verses! Happy Heavenly Birthday Notorious B.I.G.!

    10 Memorable Biggie Verses! Happy Heavenly Birthday Notorious B.I.G.!




    Today, “the greatest rapper of all time” was born; Brooklyn’s own Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G. Smalls had the game on lock before an unknown suspect gunned him down on March 9, 1997. His music, however, lives on. From his debut single, “Juicy,” to charted success through his collaborations with protégé group, Junior Mafia to the infamous East Coast/West Coast beef, and his individual feud with West Coast rapper, Tupac,...
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  • DJ Premier on working with Notorious B.I.G. and beyond: Listen now

    DJ Premier on working with Notorious B.I.G. and beyond: Listen now




    One of the most celebrated producers in Hip-Hop history, known as the architect of Hip-Hop’s venerated boom-bap sound, DJ Premier first caught people’s attention with Guru in Gang Starr in the late ‘80s. Guru’s lyrical precision over Premier's jazzy, sample-based beats made Gang Starr one of the most influential rap duos of the next decade. Outside of Gang Starr, Premier has produced classic records for a long list of Hip-Hop luminaries including New York’s big three—The Notorious...
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  • Happy Birthday to the late great Notorious B.I.G. It would have been his 52nd birthday today.




    Despite leaving the world 27 years ago, Biggie Smalls remains one of the most unifying forces in American culture. The gravity of that time in Biggie’s life wasn’t lost on the Brooklyn native. The straight A student turned street hustler knew his proverbial back was against the wall and breaking big through bars was the only way to remove the weight of the world without turning back to a life of crime. It was go Big or go bust. Nothing in between. And the urgency...
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  • 'Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry' Opens with chain from Notorious B.I.G.!



    The Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry installation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is officially open. The doors to the exhibit officially opened up on Thursday, and museum organizers hosted an opening night party inside the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. DJ Clark Kent handled the music for the night, while special guests included Joey Bada$$, Roxanne Shanté, Lil Baby, Slick Rick, and more. The exhibition itself is located...
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  • Notorious B.I.G. joins the 2024 National Recording Registry!

    Notorious B.I.G. joins the 2024 National Recording Registry!


    Artists were selected based on the historical and cultural impact of their music on society and in the industry. Recordings from the late great Notorious B.I.G., Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Bobby McFerrin and other influential Black artists have been selected as inductees to the National Recording Registry. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced on Tuesday the selected 25 records that earned the esteemed recognition and preservation. The selections include several music genres ranging...
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  • Goldin Is Auctioning Off Hip-Hop Memorabilia From Notorious B.I.G.

    Goldin Is Auctioning Off Hip-Hop Memorabilia From Notorious B.I.G.


    Goldin has assembled a few pieces of hip-hop history for its March Pop Culture Elite Auction, which presents notable artifacts, from collectible playing cards to toys and VHS tapes. For this rendition of the monthly auction, the Goldin team looked to hip-hop’s immeasurable influence on American culture. Leading the lineup is an index card signed by the late great Notorious B.I.G. As the rapper passed away at 24, there are few signatures of his in circulation. The card features “Much...
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  • Busta Rhymes Shares Untold Stories About Biggie

    Busta Rhymes Shares Untold Stories About Biggie



    It doesn't get more legendary than this. On the recent ALL THE SMOKE episode, the hosts are joined by music icon, actor, producer, and one of the leaders of rap's 'golden age', Busta Rhymes, for a tell-all sit down about his life and career. Busta shares incredible untold Stories About the late great Biggie, Jay-Z and discusses the origins of speed rapping, reflects on his most iconic songs and details his health journey. Plus, working with Janet Jackson and Mariah Carrey.
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  • Remembering Mister Cee, the pioneering DJ who helped discover Biggie

    Remembering Mister Cee, the pioneering DJ who helped discover Biggie




    Mister Cee, the trailblazing hip-hop DJ who was core to Brooklyn’s early 1990s rap scene, has passed away. The news was confirmed in the New York Times by Skip Dillard, the brand manager at WXBK 94.7 The Block NYC. No cause of death was given. Born Calvin Lebrun in 1966, Cee grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, a hotbed of burgeoning hip-hop culture from its earliest days. Throughout his life, he was a loud and proud Brooklynite, constantly reminding...
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  • The Notorious B.I.G.’s Jewelry To Be Showcased At American Museum Of Natural History Exhibit



    Items from The Notorious B.I.G. and other rap stars’ jewelry collections are being put on display for the public to view in an upcoming exhibit documenting Hip-Hop’s storied relationship with bling. Beginning on May 9, Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry will be showcased at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. In addition to trinkets previously worn by The Notorious B.I.G., the exhibit will include jewels from A$AP Rocky, Nicki Minaj, Slick...
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